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Dag & Red appoint experienced former Football League player as new manager

Dag & Red appoint experienced former Football League player Ben Strevens as their new manager, replacing Daryl McMahon, axed two weeks ago.

He returns to the Daggers, where he was part of the side that won promotion to the EFL in the 2006/07 season.

Dagenham currently sit 11th in the National League table, with 31 points from 26 games played, and six points from the playoffs.


Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Strevens as the new Daggers Manager

Strevens, made 125 appearances for the Daggers, scoring 35 goals as a player, and returns to the club following a rigorous interview process.

Ben, who was a part of the Daggers’ 2006/07 Conference National promotion side, started his managerial career at Eastleigh, originally taking on the Assistant Manager role.

In 2018, he went on to become the Manager of the Spireites which featured an impressive 7th placed finish for the Hampshire club.

Executive Chaiman Peter Freund stated: β€œAfter a thorough search conducted over the past two weeks, I am delighted that one of our own has come back to coach the club. When meeting with Ben, it was immediately clear he has the right mix of passion and skill-set to take the Daggers forward.”


Senior career
–1999 – Wingate & Finchley
1999–2006 – Barnet – 222 games (45 goals)
1999 β†’ Wingate & Finchley (loan)
2000 β†’ Slough Town (loan) – 5 games (2 goals)
2001 β†’ St Albans City (loan) – 6 games (3 goals)
2006 – Crawley Town – 16 games (4 goals)
2006–2009 – Dagenham & Redbridge – 125 games (41 goals)
2009–2010 – Brentford – 29 games (7 goals)
2010–2012 – Wycombe Wanderers – 84 games (12 goals)
2012–2013 – Gillingham – 15 games (2 goals)
2013 – Dagenham & Redbridge – 14 games (1 goal)
2013–2016 – Eastleigh – 138 games (26 goals)
2016 – Whitehawk – 8 games (0 goals)
2016–2018 – Eastleigh – 22 games (1 goal)
Total – 687 games (144 goals)

Managerial career
2016 – Eastleigh (assistant manager)
2016 – Whitehawk (joint caretaker)
2016–2018 – Eastleigh (assistant manager)
2018–2022 – Eastleigh

This is what fans said as Dag & Red appoint the experienced former Football League player as their new manager…

@Diggerthedog1: Welcome home Ben, a proper Dagger let’s hope this appointment is the right one for all concerned.

@obarry11: All about next season now! Welcome back strevs πŸ˜…πŸ˜€πŸ‘

@nickidagger: Great choice, welcome back Ben

@Michellebarthr2: Welcome home Ben.

@KeithyD88: All the best @strevs12 πŸ‘

@OnceADagger: Not surprising aside from the time it took to get him in. I do resent slightly how we always tend to keep things in the family, but Strevs is showing himself to be a good manager and someone to hopefully get the Dagger’s mentality of old back. So let’s back him and enjoy it βš”οΈ

@hornchurchammer: Let’s get into those playoffsβ€¦πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

@PeaLauncher: Poor Daggers

@Deanosyko: Welcome home Ben Strevens buzzing with this!!!

@TerryDRFC: Hmm, I initially feel underwhelmed but will of course back him cos he’s a Dagger πŸ”΄πŸ”΅βš”οΈ Welcome home Ben.

@razorstanb: Amazing news well done Ben!! 🀩

@chrisbramley: Chuffed. However this goes i am chuffed we’ve got a Daggers legend in charge 😍 βš”οΈ

@DaviesFallows: Welcome home, now let’s get the ball rolling πŸ—‘οΈπŸ”΄πŸ”΅

@toptargets: Ah bless. Hope he does well and wish any manager all the best but I love how clubs spin it…. “finished 7th in his first season as Eastleigh manager”….. didn’t want to go with was sacked by Eastleigh last Jan when they were bottom of the league having just lost to DoverπŸ˜…

@ben_yfd: I for one didn’t really mind who we got in (except for Phil Brown) but i can fully get behind this. One of our own and did so well with Eastleigh with a small budget. Perfect fit to be honest

@md123: Much rather this than the rumours of Phil Brown, but same as whoever got the job a lot of work to do. Hopefully some of that attitude/team ethics from when he was here as a player will come back to the side now

@9men: Great that we seemingly did a proper process and great to have a legend home. Hope it works out.


@Hainzamousprime: Great appointment! Would love to know who else was considered πŸ—‘

@ChrisVinton1992: Will get behind him, Come on you Dags

@marowe1988: Im happy with that. Ben gets it and his scouting knowledge is superb. We need to recruit better and he will. Welcome back @strevs12

@JackShikari12: Welcome home @strevs12 β€οΈπŸ’™

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